Japan women secure first win

  • Japan defeat New Zealand for their first win © WCF / Céline Stucki

Japan’s women’s team picked up their first win at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 on Saturday (4 November) morning in the Erina Ice Arena, on Australia’s Central Coast.

Coming into the session, Japan sat at the bottom of the rankings with a 0-2 record and they faced New Zealand, also looking for their first win. Japan came out ahead beating New Zealand 11-2 after seven ends, helped in part by a score of four points in the second end.

Also in the session, undefeated Korea beat hosts Australia 9-2 to remain in joint first place and leave the Australian women at the bottom of the rankings and still searching for their first win.

In the session’s final game China continued their unbeaten run with a 9-6 victory over Hong Kong. China lead 7-1 after six ends and fought off a late Hong Kong comeback to take their record to 3-0 and join Korea at the top of the rankings.

They said it

Marcel Rocque; China coach (after 9-6 win over Hong Kong): "That was a good game. We had one let down end but these players are young so that happens sometimes. It’s all about how you bounce back after that and here they didn’t get too excited about it, they just kept going, so it was a good response."

Women’s session two results: Australia 2-9 Korea; New Zealand 2-11 Japan; Hong Kong 6-9 China

Current women’s standings (W-L):

China 3-0
Korea 3-0
Hong Kong 1-1
Japan 1-2
New Zealand 0-2
Australia 0-3

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